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Winston Superintendent Brian Robinson on Amendment 3:

Winston Superintendent Brian Robinson discussed Amendment 3 at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Winston School Board.

At the meeting, Supt. Robinson stated that “Raise Your Hands for Kids” is not what it seems. The Missouri Association of Rural Education Executive Board (MARE) is one of several organizations in Missouri that are opposed to the passage of the initiative “Raise Your Hands for Kids.” The MARE organization very much supports

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Our recommendations on the proposed amendments

By Darryl Wilkinson

By now, you should have some grasp of proposed amendments which will appear on the ballot next Tuesday. The amendments, each printed in its entirety, were published in this newspaper the past two editions.  Additionally, Rep. J. Eggleston has summarized the amendments in his column during the past few weeks.

Here’s our take on each proposal and my recommendation for your consideration.

Amendment 1 — Vote Yes.

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Amendment 4: No Sales Tax on Services

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Only a few more weeks remain until the Nov. 8 election.  Unless you are big fan of political commercials, yard signs, mudslinging, and robocalls, you are ready to for it all to be over.  Patience.  The end is near.

Amendment 4 proposes to prevent any future laws that would create a sales tax on services at the state, county, or city level.  The actual language

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Capitol Perspectives: Reporters are not Liars 

By Phill Brooks

My columns usually seek to provide an historical perspective to Missouri public policy.

But I would be remiss if I did not react to the attacks by Donald Trump’s campaign against my colleagues.

It has become serious enough that the international Committee to Protect Journalists took the unprecedented step in early October to declare Trump “an unprecedented threat to the rights of journalists.”

Like CPJ, I’m not

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Amendment 3 and Proposition A: Dueling Cig Taxes

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In my last two capitol reports, I outlined Amendment 1: The Soil, Water & Parks Tax, and Amendment 2: Campaign Contribution Limits.  This week, we delve into something more involved – the dueling cigarette taxes of Amendment 3 and Proposition A – dueling because Amendment 3 is funded by big tobacco companies and Prop A is funded by little tobacco companies.

Amendment 3 (A3) would

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Bringing accountability to Medicaid

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman
Year after year, the cost to the taxpayer of operating Missouri’s Medicaid program continues to increase at a rapid pace. While there are a number of factors that influence this increase in cost, two of the most driving factors are the most preventable: unnecessary emergency room visits and missed patient appointments at doctors’ offices.

Patients treating the emergency room as a replacement for a primary

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Capitol Perspectives: Random campaign thoughts 

by Phill Brooks

Missouri is in the middle of one of the most unusual fall election periods I’ve covered. Step back from the daily campaign rhetoric and look at the broader picture. It’s a fascinating landscape with the potential of historic ramifications as the year winds down.

One element of that landscape involves the recent statements by Gov. Jay Nixon about his political future that I wonder might have undercut

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Amendment 2, Campaign Contribution Limits

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Currently, if you want to donate money to a political campaign, there is no limit on how much you can give in a statewide or local race. You could donate $10 or $1,000 or $1,000,000. But all contributions over $100 must be itemized with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) where they become public record, and all contributions over $5000 must be posted to the MEC

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Bringing Greater Transparency to Health Care

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

For years now, Missouri lawmakers have been working to empower consumers in terms of their ability to make more informed decisions regarding their health care. One of the most effective ways to achieve this goal is to provide our citizens with more information about the costs of their medical treatment or procedures. These efforts to empower consumers led the Legislature to pass Senate Bill 608

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